Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Floyd Mayweather confirmed his status as the best fighter in boxing with a masterful points win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
The 38-year-old American dictated the fight with his superior ring skills to earn a unanimous verdict with scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112, extending his unbeaten record to 48 fights.
The Pacman the messiah put all his effort and made the badman struggle in few rounds. The battle between the sport's two biggest stars had been billed as the 'Fight of the Century', but Mayweather simply used the 12 rounds to supply a masterclass to the watching world.
Shedding the pre-fight nerves, Mayweather slipped nimbly away from Pacquiao’s tentative attacks in the opening round and started his assault with a lightning right hand. The long-term rivals clinched briefly before the bell, with Mayweather appearing to offer a few words of bravado.
The expected early onslaught from Pacquiao, was more of an uneasy march, and he was tagged with another razor sharp right while attempting to land frenzied punches in the second.
For the first time, Mayweather backed to the ropes in the third, attempting to lure the Filipino into another reckless foray. But Pacquiao was edging closer to the Michigan man and finally found the range with his sharp left hand.
Here was a hint of what was to come as Pacquiao launched a trademark attack in the fourth. A big left hand forced Mayweather to seek refuge on the ropes and he shielded a ferocious flurry. Pumping out punches like a human threshing machine, Pacquiao at last had gained a foothold.
Fight fans, pundits and TV networks had been demanding this bout as far back as 2009 when both men were arguably at their peak.
A series of contractual disputes and stipulations regarding drug testing, however, initially ensured an agreement was impossible.
But after a chance meeting between the pair at an NBA game in Miami earlier this year a deal was in the making. By February, it was on.
Tickets for the event sold out in minutes. Some were exchanging hands on the black market for as much as $350,000 before the fight.
Will be a rematch lets wait and see